March 26, 2014

March's Focus- 6*6 Paper Pads- Daydreamer Collection

Today I'm sharing another layout I made using the Daydreamer 6*6 paper pad.
Here's the finished page-


This is a very different style from my usual, all that empty white space! But I like how the patterns shine. I used the steel dies from this collection to cut the hearts with leftover papers from this layout. I had some photos from my daughter's first birthday, that were probably not the best, and there was a lot of noisy background. I'm not sure how I'll feel about this in years to come, but I decided to cut the photos also. I have better pictures from that day, so I'll probably scrap those in their original (boring:)) rectangle form...


I thought silver thickers were perfect for this special event.
And those puffy hearts... Just get me a few more packages of those please!



A very minimalistic page for me, but I like to try new things once in a while:)
Thanks for visiting!

March 24, 2014

Scrapbooking with a Bold Floral Patterned Paper

I love floral patterned papers, but they can be tricky to use sometimes. Especially if the pattern is really big, because then when cut to a small size can turn out unrecognizable. So today I'm embracing the big floral with these two layouts.
Here's the first one-


There's something about Maggie Holmes' floral papers... The one I used here is from the her first collection for Crate paper. That paper is just beautiful. The good thing about it, is that the colors are not that contrasting or bold. At least not compared to the floral in the next page.

Tip #1 for using big floral patterns as backgrounds- Frame it.
Cut the background paper to 11 and 3/4 of an inch, or 11 and a half, and mat it on cardstock or a calmer patterned paper. I used here another pattern from the same collection. This frames the page, and keeps your eyes from wandering outside the layout.


Tip #2- Keep it simple.
With that busy background, I try to add just a few other elements. Here I just used some bits and pieces from a cut out sheet also from the Maggie Holmes collection. I didn't add more colors, but went with the colors of the floral. The embellishments I chose were small and simple. I placed the title on the camera, and this united those two larger elements to a smaller area of "real estate" on the page.

 
A few finishing touches with wood veneer feathers and a little stamping in black just for some extra texture on the page.

Here's the second page, an even more challenging pattern, from Maggie Holmes Flea Market collection-


Tip #3- Use close-up photos.
I think using photos that are close ups really helps them "compete" and hold their own with the background. A photo with small images or a lot going on would get lost on a page with such bold colors and pattern.

Tip #4- Mat your photos.
Matting the photos on cardstock or patterned paper with a smaller and calmer pattern helps separate the photos from the background and stand out more. I actually used another floral here as a photo mat, but the flowers are small and there's only one color on that pattern, so I think it works well, and brings out the yellow of the small flowers on the background paper. I know I didn't mat my photos in the first page, and I have to admit I wish I had, even though that floral is less bold than this one.


Tip #5- Hide your journaling.
I doubt writing on that background paper will end up in anything legible, so the other options are to add another element to the page, or use vellum. I think hidden journaling is a good way to go here. I really didn't want to add another busy element to the page. I added the bow for easy access to the journaling spot, I sometimes use ribbon (attached to the paper with Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher) or washi for the same purpose.

I hope you enjoyed this post and feel more courageous about using a bold floral as background. Thanks for visiting!

March 21, 2014

March's Focus- 6*6 Paper Pads- Fresh Cut Collection+Process Video

A pleasant Saturday to all of you! Today I'm sharing another layout I made using a 6*6 pad. This time I used the beautiful Fresh Cut collection by BasicGrey. I just love the colors of this collection.
Here's the finished page-


I was inspired by this layout from garden girl Jill Sprott at 2 Peas in a Bucket.
Here's the video-


And some close ups-





Thanks for visiting and have a scrappy weekend!

Scraptastic February Kit Layouts- Part 6 and Last

Today I'm sharing the last 3 layouts from the February Scraptastic kit, Feel Again (and add-on). Two of the layouts are "leftovers" layouts, since I really killed this kit. Here's the first one-


Inspired by this layout by Wilna Furstenberg and using her digital cut files at 2 Peas In A Bucket, I created this layout. The paper on the left, the transparencies and letter stickers are from the kit, the rest from my stash.


I cut the hearts from white cardstock, and then used some mists to color them. I also colored the wood veneers, first with white paint, and then mist.


 The next layout is completely different, I love it when you can get such different looks from one kit.


Very simple layout, about my car:) Or my ex-ex-car... I got that cute Peugeot 206 when I was 21, and together we made it through medicine school, she's a doctor too:) We said goodbye after 10 years, when my daughter was born and we had to get a boring family car...


It was also a magical time for me and my boyfriend at the time (now husband), we explored the country with that cute car, so all those memories are tied together. I would totally buy it back and bring it to Austria if that was financially possible (and made any sense...)!


And last but not least, leftovers layout no. 2-


I didn't have anymore patterned papers, but really wanted to use all those great transparencies that came with the kit, so I grabbed some Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party papers and made this layout.



I made those splatters with two mists, Heidi Swapp Coral and Lindy's Stamp Gang Wild Honeysuckle Coral. I also painted the heart wood veneers with mist, and sealed it with some Glossy Accents glue from Ranger.
And now I have to wait impatiently for my March kit, but meanwhile I'm playing with my 6*6 paper pads, and I'll be posting tomorrow a layout and process video using the Fresh Cut pad from BasicGrey.
Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!







March 20, 2014

March's Focus- 6*6 Paper Pads-Mon Ami+Process Video

Hey there! Today I'm sharing a new layout I created with the 6*6 paper pad from BasicGrey, the new Kelly Purkey collection- Mon Ami. I only have the pad, buy wanted to see what I could come up with.
Here's the finished page-


I really like the whimsical feel of this collection, and the color theme is also a nice change from my usual pink-aqua:)

There's also a process video-



Here are some close ups-


Thanks for visiting! Tomorrow I'll be sharing my last layouts made with the Scraptastic February kit. Have a great day!

March 18, 2014

Polka Dot Party Collection Layout+Process Video

Happy Wednesday! We've been having the best weather here in Austria, it's spring bordering on summer with warm sunny days... It only snowed one time in our area this whole winter, which is unusual, but no complaints here! Anyway, I'm sharing today a layout with a process video.
Here's the layout-


And here's the process video-


Almost everything on this layout besides some of the pink patterned papers in the back is from the Polka Dot Party Dear Lizzy collection.



I'll be uploading another process video tomorrow, using the new Kelly Perky Mon Ami collection for BasicGrey, or the 6*6 paper pad from that collection to be exact.
Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

March 17, 2014

Scrapbooking with the Scraptastic February kit- Part 5

Today I'll be sharing more layouts made with the February Scraptastic kit, Feel Again. I have to admit that I found the February kit slightly more challenging to use than January's. I'm not even sure why. The papers were gorgeous, but I like layering, and somehow I had some difficulty finding combinations that looked good to me. Hmmm. The result is that I feel many of my layouts this month look similar. This is not a real problem, and I don't scrapbook chronologically, so the layouts will go into different albums, but I love variety, and I love mixing it up, so I guess that's what I missed this month.
Anyway, here's the first layout for today-


 This is a super simple layout, just a few patterned papers and some die cuts from Fancy Pants. All from the kit and add on.


The layout is about my daughter's latest food crush, running sushi. We live right next to a relatively small town in Austria. The local food is excellent, but the Asian food is somewhat lacking. This running sushi place (and others) have the weirdest things sometimes, like those chocolate deserts (they're called Schwedenbomben here), that you can buy in any supermarket. Before writing that it has no connection to Japan I checked in Wikipedia, and although this "Chocolate coated marshmallow treat" is known for many years in many countries in Europe and North America, it's not exactly typical asian food. Aaaaaanyway, it's just one of a few weird things found on the local running sushi conveyor belts.


The Thickers that came in the add on were not the right color for this layout, so I used a copic marker to make them redder.
I wrote my journaling in English on this layout for some reason. I almost always write in Hebrew, although I'm thinking it's very possible generations to come will not necessarily know how to read it now that I live in Austria... Food for thought. I can't see myself journaling in German in the near future, that language is far from coming to me naturally at this point, but I might switch to English...

Second layout for today-


I love that background paper, and I love that photo I took in a Cafe in Jerusalem, and I think they match in a lovely way. I've been in many Cafes, in many countries and many cities. To me, Jerusalem's Cafes have the most ambiance. Something about those old stone houses, curved ceilings and arched windows maybe. I lived in Jerusalem for 4 years during my studies, and I just loved it. That controversial-complicated-terror-and-war-stricken-holy city definitely has a special place in my heart.



Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

March 14, 2014

Scrapbooking with Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabios+Process Video

During January I was playing a lot with all my mists, in the hopes of using them more, because I have so many... What happened was that I did use them more, and still do, but I loved it so much I had to get some more... And I wanted to try something new, to me at least. I discovered mists made by a company called Lindy's Stamp Gang.
I think the reason I didn't know about them earlier, is that they seem to be used for a very different style than mine. There are lots of videos on YouTube with them in use, including Lindy's own channel that has loads of projects. I saw and read such great reviews that I wanted to try them myself.
When you order them they arrive without the water in the spray bottle (just the pigment powder), which makes the package light and eliminates any spillage risk. You just have to fill it with water. There's a video on YouTube showing exactly how to do that (it's very simple), and they recommend using hot water, filling it half way, letting it sit for a while, and then fill it all the way (there's a line on the label that shows exactly where to stop). Just to clarify, I have no connection to the company, just writing my impressions and sharing the joy:)
I've made two orders directly from their online store, but I've seen some of their products at Simon Says Stamp as well. Both times shipping and handling was quite fast (I'm in Europe), and orders were shipped out just a couple of days after placing the order.
They have many products, different sprays and two toned embossing powders. For my style I went with the sprays.
The sprays. The sprays are awesome. The matte sprays are called Flat Fabios, and they are just pigment, no shimmer. They spray beautifully and the colors are gorgeous. My current favorites are Hibiscus Rose (a gorgeous vibrant hot pink), Mango Mania (lovely vibrant dark orange) and Ocean Breeze blue (perfect teal-aqua shade). For a neutral I'm loving I'm Late I'm Late Slate ( muted warm grey, just beautiful).
And then there are the shimmery ones. Oh, my. They are called Starburst. I love these for paint splatters on my pages. They look great on any papers, they are quite opaque. I used some on hot pink cardstock, and loved the result (here's a link to that post, it's the second layout there). They are loaded with shimmer (so you have to shake them before each use, unlike the matte ones) and the colors are so vibrant. Favorite shades at the moment (tough to choose!)- TiffanyLou Blue (turquoise with turquoise shimmer), Ramblin' Rose Pink (warm pink with pink shimmer), Hottie Patottie Hot Pink (with pink shimmer), California Poppy Gold (light orange or an orangy yellow  with gold shimmer) and the surprising Yellow Rose of Texas (primary yellow with gold shimmer)- when I first tried it I thought it was too yellow, but it works great when I want some gold splatters on my page.
On the layout I'm sharing today I only used the Flat Fabios to color Color Magic die cuts by heidi Swapp.
Here's the layout (finally:))-


And the process video-



I'm all about color these last couple of weeks, and I love the pages that come out. Making such colorful layouts really lets me play with different media, patterned papers etc.


This page is all about those die cuts and misting. When I started it I had no idea what photos I would use, and after all the misting was done, those yellow sunglasses were whispering to me... Summer beach photos, for sure.


This is a great page for going crazy with those tiny embellishments, like enamel dots and my beloved puffy stickers.

  

I love these Heidi Swapp die cuts, because I don't have to be limited to the colors like with other die cuts. Need another mint one? No problem, just mist it and it's ready to use!
I hope you enjoyed this post and video, have a lovely scrappy Saturday and thanks for visiting!

Scrapbooking with 6*6 pads- Daydreamer collection- Part 2

This March I'm playing with my 6*6 pads, especially a couple of new ones, like Dear Lizzy's Daydreamer. Here's the page I created-

 I would say there are some strong Wilna Furstenberg influences here. Firstly, those gorgeous frames are a cut file she designed, they (and more lovely cut files) can be found in the 2 Peas in a Bucket digital online shop. Secondly, using white cardstock as background and framing it with patterned paper is something I also got from Wilna. And thirdly, using a few colors and then matching the embellishments to those colors.


I picked a few patterned paper in each color and layered them. The last layer in the back is vellum, to give more texture and airiness.


I have no thickers from the Daydreamer collection, but those polka dot Thickers from Dear Lizzy's previous collection, Polka Dot Party, coordinate well with this page. That LOVE paper clip is by Freckled Fawn (thx again, Petra!). The page is about my best friend and her new baby, and getting to spend some time with them during my last visit to Israel.


I really love the look of this layout, clean with different subtle textures. I will definitely do something similar again.

For the second layout I used the big frame die from the Daydreamer nesting die set.


For some reason I couldn't edit the photo of the whole layout and get the colors right, the background is more minty, but it shows better in the detail shots .
I created the background with some 6*6 papers, that I cut with the scalloped frame die. I didn't have any 12*12 papers from this collection, so I looked in my 12*12 paper pad from the Polka Dot Party collection and found that nice minty background. I always go to the same designer's or company's other collections first when looking for something that coordinates.


 I created the embellishments using a scalloped circle punch, and two metal dies.


This is a great way to create your own embellishments, especially when scrapbooking with limited supplies. This way the embellishments coordinate perfectly, can be customized to fit the color scheme, and only require paper. I used some flair here, but it would have also looked nice with nothing on top, or with something else, like a brad or an enamel dot.



So dig into those 6*6 pads and have some fun!
Tomorrow I'll be back with another process video with lots of misting... Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!

March 12, 2014

Scrapbooking with Lucky Charm collection+ Process Video

It's Wednesday, and I'm sharing a layout and a process video to go with it! This is the first video I've ever made, and I have to admit, it's not as easy as some people make it seem! I found the narration especially challenging... And it's also very weird to hear my voice in a video... And I have a stronger accent than I thought... I learn something new everyday:)
So here's the layout-


 I have quite a few items from Dear Lizzy's Lucky Charm collection, and I just love the colors in it. This was actually a pretty fast layout. The background is a big part of the effect here, and it took minutes to make. I love patterned paper, and while I used 12*12 sheets here ( I have the 12*12 paper pad, and it has a LOT of papers), this would work so well with scraps.
And without further adieu, here's the process video to go with this layout!


 Here are some close ups-




Thanks for visiting!